Howdy and his staff are doing a masterful job of building this keel, which is assembled over a rigid skeleton of schedule pipes between end plates. The side plates are wrapped over the skeleton and plug welded.
|One of Howdy's staff welding the keel structure.|
|Completed keel skeleton with pre-formed side plates awaiting fitting.|
|Same stage, looking at the top plate.|
The keel bolts bear on the keel box inside the hull, sandwiching the hull skin between the the two. Howdy Bailey Yacht Services fabricated the box as well, then shipped it to the builder. He has test-fitted the Beta 15hp motor on the beds ahead of installing the box into the boat. The following photos show the box with engine standing on the integral engine beds.
|Didi 950 keel support box front view.|
|Beta 15 being test-fitted on the engine beds.|
|Aft view. The holes are for shaft, exhaust and ventilation.|
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